Introduction: Krispy Kale Chips!

This snack perfectly takes the place of potato chips or popcorn for any TV watching. It's super easy to prepare, and quick enough to prepare during a commercial break!

And there is nothing I love more than a healthy snack.

Kale sounds frightening, but don't let the greenness scare you off from this amazing snack. Kale is NOT kelp :) It grows from the land, not in the ocean. Kale is known to help lower your cholesterol and prevent cancer. The fiber in kale binds bile acids which help lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. (Potato chips do the opposite :o!)

One cup of kale contains:
  • 36 calories
  • 5 grams of fiber
  • 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • 40% of magnesium
  • 260% of vitamin A
  • 170% of vitamin C
  • 1,020% of vitamin K

It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. (READ: Great for vegetarians who don't get enough "red meat"!)




The olive oil and salt trick your tastebuds into thinking this is junk food. You can eat the whole tray and feel stoked about it! 

Step 1: Remove the Stems

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. 

Many grocery stores today are carrying this bag of kale, which makes preparing Krispy Kale Chips! that much easier. If you can't find the bag, you can buy a "bunch" of kale and chop it up yourself, just like you would chop up a "bunch" of lettuce. 

You'll want to use as much kale as you are planning on eating. I used about half a pound, or a quarter of the 2 pound bag. Keep in mind that the kale will reduce by about half (see pictures)
  • Pick through the kale and tear off any thick stems. This should only take a minute or so. 

Let's talk about money for a moment. If I can make 4-5 batches of kale chips from one bag of kale, then that makes each bag of chips cost about $0.55-$0.70. (This assumes initial investment of seasonings and spices).

One bag of dorito's cost about $4.00. 4-5 bags of doritos cost about $20. 

One bag of Kroger (store) brand potato chips (on sale) cost $1.00. 4-5 bags cost about $4-5. 

Kale chips, made from "scratch", are just the better bang for your buck. 


Step 2: Season Your Kale

Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of olive oil onto the kale and massage the oil into the leaves thoroughly. I usually take about three whole minutes to do this. The more evenly the oil is distributed onto the leaves, the better the chips will turn out. 

To season, you simply toss in the seasonings and massage them or toss with a spoon. These were seasoned with sea salt and cracked pepper, but feel free to take inspiration from any of your favorite chip flavors. 

Some other tasty options:
  • lemon juice, salt and nutritional yeast
  • parmesan and garlic
  • sea salt and vinegar (they make a powder form of this that you can find in the section with the spices) 
  • wasabi powder and soy sauce
  • ranch (using the powdered packets meant for dips)

Step 3: Bake

Spread evenly over a baking sheet. It's okay if they are overlapping or stacked, but just make sure it is as evenly placed as possible. They will cook down. 

Put them in the oven and set a timer for about 13 minutes. (For crispier chips, cook for longer). About halfway through, use some tongs or a spatula to stir them around. 


Enjoy this healthy, easy snack!!! :)

Comments

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JonathanD71 (author)2016-01-22

How long do you put them in the oven for?

I was thinking maybe 30 minutes should do it

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atheniangreek made it! (author)2015-06-03

so easy to make! I made it with garlic and Parmesan but second tray was made with salt and pepper!

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AstralQueen (author)2012-09-17

I'm attempting these with chard instead. o.o My kale has yet to germinate! So no kale yet. But leaves, eh? :D

This was easy to follow, and I was totally sold on the health benefits. Awesome. They should be selling these instead of doritos and cheese puffs.

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-07-25

That sounds pretty good! What is its texture at the end?

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They are crispy on the edges, but still damp and leafy towards the stems. Because of the inconsistencies of the kale, some pieces are light and flaky and others give a soft crunch. I hope that explains it well! These truly are my favorite snack!

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Yes, great explanation, thanks :)

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ejarrell (author)ejarrell2012-07-27

I made these again today with your question in mind. I baked them for longer, to see how crispy they could get, without burning. They will get crispier - that is, light and flakey - the longer you bake them. I think i prefer them not all the way crispy....

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maitastic (author)2012-07-29

These look very green. Kale is expensive, though.. Right? I don't really like vegetables that much

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ejarrell (author)maitastic2012-07-29

It's really not expensive when you buy it in the bag like this.. GIve this treat a shot, and let me know what you think!

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tfriedman (author)2012-07-28

I tried this receipe today with my daughters. The instructions were very clear and easy enough for my girls to follow. They loved this healthy snack!

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sunshiine (author)2012-07-25

My daughter would love these. Thanks for sharing!
sunshiine

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ejarrell (author)sunshiine2012-07-26

They are so easy to make! :) You're welcome!

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